At our third annual Alumni and Friends Golf Invitational, a record number of staff, alumni and parents turned out for eighteen holes followed by a delectable dinner and silent auction. This was the first year the event took place at the Victoria Golf Club, which made for an exciting afternoon by the ocean.
One hundred and twenty golfers took on the par 70 course in groups of four, as well as competing individually in a putting challenge. Many players spotted a pod of orca whales swimming off the coast during their game, and the Snowbirds also performed some aerial acrobatics overhead (read more about this in Vivat! The Head’s Blog).
“Events like this are one of the best things about attending a school like SMUS,” said evening emcee Nick Grant ’84. “It’s an opportunity to connect with different generations.”
After a few hours on the course, players enjoyed dinner and a few drinks at the clubhouse. Each team received a prize, and there were additional prizes for achievements such as the longest drive and most honest team (won by Board Chair David Angus’ foursome).
Diners were also able to buy tickets to win a high-definition television, through a game called ‘Heads or Tails,’ where they tried to correctly predict which way several coin tosses would go. After dinner, the guests enjoyed a silent auction, which included a signed Steve Nash jersey, a barbeque, a putter and other items.
As well as being a fun afternoon and community gathering, the event is also an important fundraiser for the Endowment Fund. “We’re all about supporting the children of alumni and giving them a chance to attend a truly great school,” said Alumni Association President Gareth Rees.